Just over €1.2m of Leitrim forestry premiums were paid out to farmers or non-farmer forest owners who live outside the county in 2018.
This represents 44% of the €2.7m in forestry annual premiums for forests planted in Co Leitrim paid out in 2018.
The figures were revealed in response to a parliamentary question from Sligo Leitrim TD Martin Kenny.
The breakdown of those payments to forest owners, by category, is shown in the table below:
Nearly 80% of payments went to farmers. The non-farmer category also includes recently retired farmers and the family members of existing farmers who may also be living locally.
A rally is to take place outside Dáil Éireann on 30 January by the action group Save Leitrim against forestry in the county.
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